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BFAR: Municipal waters yield more fish than deeper fishing grounds

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Ang mga pumupunta sa West Philippine Sea ay para manghuli ng high-value fish, that's why we should be there. But on our records, there is more money in galunggong than in tuna,' says BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona

San Roque fishing community. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

BFAR hopes to get more financial support after Recto Bank incident

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency

A fiberglass reinforced plastic-boat are given to 22 fishermen of F/B GemVer, which were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in Reed Bank(Recto Bank) West Philippine Sea, after the press conference with Department of Agriculture in San Jose Municipal Hall, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA / RAPPLER

Lorenzana: 'BFAR is correct agency to protect our fisheries'

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, however, is not responsible for securing the country's domain, but the Armed Forces of the Philippines

RAMMED. Fishermen pull the F/B Gem-Ver, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fisheries production inches up to 1.01 million metric tons in Q1 2019

May 16, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Philippines posts higher fish catch within and outside municipal waters in the 1st quarter of 2019, but production from aquaculture goes down

Sardinella tawilis. Photo by Zeus Llanto/Rappler

BFAR 'loses' 57 patrol boats acquired from grant, loans

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources squandered patrol boats acquired from a US grant and loans from Spain

RORO vessel runs aground in marine protected area in Albay

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 PM

MV Jack Daniel has departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon town on its way to Masbate province

M/V JACK DANIEL runs aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis, Libon town, Albay, some 1.2 kilometers from the shore. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

As fish stocks dwindle, fishers seek to protect Antique’s 'tuna highway'

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Libertad is one of the 4 towns along Pandan Bay where the open seas are known as the tuna highway of Antique for their bountiful stocks of the commercially valuable fish

TUNA HAUL. Small-scale fishers unload tuna from outrigger boats after a night of fishing in Pandan Bay, at the edge of the Sulu Sea. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, Libertad, Antique

Bulungan at the Navotas fish complex

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The fishport employs around 1000 families engaged in the fish trade

MARKET. Brawny fish workers unload weathered tubs of wild and cultured fish – destined for markets in Metro Manila and the rest of mainland Luzon. All photos by Gregg Yan/Oceana

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL STANDOFF. Captain Roy Cuesta and his crew. File photo

IN PHOTOS: PH Coast Guard off to Benham Rise for maritime security check

May 04, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The operation will monitor the Joint Fisheries Research activity in the waters near Aurora and which the UN declared as part of the Philippines continental shelf

Coast Guard seizes P5-M shipment of shark parts, butanding tails

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard confiscates the illegal cargo in Zamboanga City

Ex-Coast Guard commander is next fisheries chief

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Retired Commodore Eduardo Gongona is chosen to lead the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to strengthen the enforcement capability of the agency

File photo of former Philippine Coast Guard Commander Eduardo Gongona

'Protecting Benham Bank key to food security' - Oceana

Jun 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The Philippines newest under water territory could help ensure the country s food security if we can protect it for the future

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan Saniano here live

Chinese poachers pay P9-M fine to PH gov't

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The Chinese fishermen are charged for poaching gathering and possession of precious corals and use of destructive gears in Philippine waters

CAUGHT. Members of BFAR-Cagayan apprehend Chinese fishermen caught fishing in Philippine waters on May 25, 2016. Photo from BFAR Cagayan PFO Facebook page

Pangilinan to Duterte: Appoint a presidential assistant for fisheries

May 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Senator elect Francis Pangilinan says the Philippines should prioritize the concerns of fishermen and modernize the fishing industry

PH authorities nab suspected Chinese poachers off Batanes

May 17, 2016 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard intercept 2 Chinese fishing vessels flying inverted Philippine flags – seen as a means to hide their true identity

SUSPECTED CHINESE POACHERS. Philippine authorities intercept a Chinese fishing vessel flying an inverted Philippine flag in waters between Babuyan Island and Batanes on May 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of BFAR

Marina: DMCI boats for Yolanda victims 'not seaworthy'

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority says about 500 boats worth P1 million from DMCI are not fit for fishing

WAITING FOR BENEFICIARIES. Pump boats lie idle after they were donated to Yolanda survivors this year. File photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

12 persons hospitalized in Bohol for red tide poisoning

Jun 25, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas warns the public against eating crustaceans and other seafood in Tagbilaran and Dauis

More than frying: Value-added fish recipes for the Filipino household

May 17, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Fishes are great sources of nutrients but you don t need to eat sinigang all the time

How a Marikina community makes a living from 'pests'

May 14, 2015 - 8:27 PM

UPDATED The effort is part of an inter agency project to control knife fish overpopulation in Laguna de Bay

Poverty and nutrition: What happened to the poor man's fish?

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:53 AM

Tilapia is now the poor man s fish after galunggong becomes more expensive Fish prices in general make it hard for an average Filipino to afford them

Ton of fish in Manila Bay dead due to ammonia

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Ammonia is a chemical compound that comes from decomposing animals and animal waste It may have come from agricultural domestic and industrial wastes

DIRTY WATER. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

DA to build 252 fish landing centers nationwide

Feb 09, 2015 - 11:56 AM

At the cost of P2 85 million each the fish landing centers are meant to improve the income of Filipino fishermen

FISH LANDING. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Will PH meet EU deadline for tougher law vs illegal fishing?

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign amendments to the Philippine Fisheries Code within December but commercial fishers are reportedly up in arms over stiffer penalties under the law

FISHING SECTOR AT RISK. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Gov't fisherfolk registration program hits 1 million mark

Aug 22, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Up from less than 50 000 registered fishermen will now have access to health care and insurance and assistance in developing their livelihood

BEING COUNTED. A local government employee registers Bohol municipal fisherfolk into the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rare Philippines celebrates 'pride' in marine life

Aug 22, 2014 - 12:26 PM

To further improve the country’s fisheries Rare advises Filipinos to change their behavior towards the environment

BFAR: Red tide in Western Samar bay

Aug 16, 2014 - 1:11 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says one of the most common shellfish poisoning syndrome in the Philippines is paralytic shellfish poisoning

Red tide alert raised in 13 areas in 4 provinces

Jul 18, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says some areas in Bataan Masbate Western Samar and Palawan have tested positive for red tide

Gov't readying 5,000 fiberglass boats for Haiyan fishermen

Jun 15, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The government aims to build a total of 30 000 boats for Haiyan hit fishermen

NEW BOATS. Non-government organizations like WWF-Philippines and government agencies are building fiberglass boats for Haiyan-hit fishermen. Photo by Gregg Yan/WWF-Philippines

PH researchers explore Benham Rise

May 07, 2014 - 12:04 AM

A research team of scientists from academe and government begins its 2-week exploration of Benham Rise

OFF TO BENHAM RISE. A research team of scientists from the academe and the government begins its 2-week exploration of the Benham Rise. Photo from the Benham Rise Program twitter page

TV White Space connects Bohol fisherfolk to the Net

Apr 05, 2014 - 3:29 PM

Cutting edge Internet technology gives Filipino fishermen at the margins of society a face Finally they can dream bigger

CONNECTIVITY. A local government employee registers Bohol municipal fisherfolk into a government database using a tablet connected to the Internet through TV White Space

Women, the sea, and food security

Apr 04, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The fishing industry is primarily dominated by men; however without women the industry will have a difficult time

FISHERWOMAN. Ka-Dolor is almost 70 years old and yet her heart, her life have and will always will be with the sea. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

2 pygmy sperm whales killed by dynamite fishing in Siargao

Mar 24, 2014 - 2:17 PM

But locals say 22 more were killed The government is still verifying where the carcasses are

KILLED. A pygmy sperm whale calf, reportedly killed by dynamite fishing, was retrieved from the sea by locals and divers in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Photo by Damien Gagnieux

DOH: Air pollution in Iloilo oil spill site at critical level

Nov 27, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The health secretary calls for the urgent relocation of more than 1 000 families from Barangay Botongon in Estancia town

OIL AND WATER. The shoreline of Estancia is covered in oil. All photos by Jonathan Jurilla

PH bans heavy-weighted fishing nets over coral reef concerns

Oct 09, 2013 - 3:38 PM

BFAR: The ban on Danish seine fishing nets will take effect in mid March giving hundreds of fishing boats time to switch their equipment

MARINE LIFE AT RISK. Heavy-weighted fishing nets like the Danish seine can destroy coral reefs

Whale shark found dead in Cavite

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Its cause of death is still under investigation

WASHED UP. A whale shark, an uncommon sight in Cavite waters, is found dead on the shore of Manila Bay in Tanza, Cavite. All photos by Arcel Cometa

Cebu oil spill damages mangroves, seaweed farms

Aug 22, 2013 - 11:00 AM

The leak also prevents some fisherfolk in Cordova town from venturing out into sea

BFAR: 'No traces of oil, dead fishes' in Cavite waters

Aug 13, 2013 - 9:23 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says the quality of water in Rosario and Naic is conducive to fish survival

SEA-DEPENDENT. The fisherfolk communities in Rosario, Naic, Tanza and Ternate depend the sea for their livelihood. Photo from EPA

Aquino orders speedy oil spill clean-up

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:40 PM

The national government is ready to assist LGUs to ensure the safety of people and marine resources says deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte

ACCOUNTABILITY. The oil tanker suspected to be responsible for the leak delivers oil to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite. Photo from EPA/PCG

Fisherfolk suffer from PH seas degradation

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:14 PM

The share of ordinary fishermen in the fisheries production pie is barely adequate

Dried stingrays, manta rays seized by BOC

Oct 25, 2012 - 4:08 PM

The illegal cargo was intercepted in Manila before being exported

BOC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon shows the media part of the seized cargo. Photo from his Twitter account @CommissionerBOC

Court halts dolphin export to Singapore

Oct 13, 2012 - 6:29 PM

A local court blocked the export of 25 captive dolphins to Singapore s Resorts World

'Helen' damage to fisheries reaches P806,000

Aug 17, 2012 - 4:02 PM

Tropical storm Helen hit the already floundering local fishing industry depleting stocks of tilapia and bangus

Attempt to smuggle endangered corals foiled

Jul 13, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Customs and BFAR officials stop the shipment of a cargo that contains local endangered coral species

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has foiled a plan to illegally export some endangered local species of corals.

Authorities confiscated on Friday, July 13, some 33 boxes containing 149 pieces of corals to be shipped to Fukuoka City in Japan. Permit papers show that the boxes are registered to contain only 'live tropical marine fishes', but inspectors found that there are corals hidden underneath the fishes in each box.

The boxes are consigned to Media Net Corporation in Japan, and are to be exported by Seri International Enterprises. The Customs has issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment, and recommended that the corals be turned over to BFAR.

Republic Act 8550 states that it is unlawful to fish and smuggle endangered species out of the country. Aside from confiscation, punishment for violating this law include imprisonment of 12 to 20 years, payment of P120,000 fine, and cancellation of fishing and export permit. -

BFAR: Time to maximize Benham Rise

Jul 03, 2012 - 7:50 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources eyes a survey of the Philippines new territory that is bigger than Luzon

UNDERWATER PLATEAU. Found near Aurora, the 13-million hectare Benham Rise is part of Philippine territory. Screen grab from a document the Philippines submitted to UN

PH to check Chinese ships in Scarborough

Jun 20, 2012 - 8:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says it is impossible to keep Philippine vessels permanently in Scarborough Shoal

Pull-out from Scarborough shouldn't affect claim - Palace

Jun 18, 2012 - 4:33 PM

The foremost consideration was the safety of Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources personnel

PH, China withdraw key ships from 'Panatag'

Jun 05, 2012 - 2:13 PM

The Philippines and China arrive at this decision following consultations says the foreign affairs department

DFA: South China Sea fishing ban 'encroachment'

May 14, 2012 - 2:12 PM

In addition President Aquino says China s annual fishing ban at South China Sea beneficial for Scarborough Shoal s ecosystems since he says Chinese fisherman get more resources from the area